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Veterinary Support Assistant

Regular Price: $158

Special Price: $23

  • 50h - 60 Days
  • 2 students have purchased
  • Express
International Open Academy
Floor 1, Filmbase, Curved St., Dublin 2, Ireland 2 See in Google maps


  • Advanced online learning platform
  • Make your own study schedule and take advantage of online tutoring hours
  • Obtain a certified diploma once you finish the course.


Many people aspire to work with animals, but it can be difficult to distinguish the reality from the fluffy image. This course gives a firm grounding in reality, with essential skills such as animal handling and restraint, pet psychology and recognizing pain, and working as part of a veterinary team as well as an understanding of technical terms, anatomy and physiology, and first aid.

The Veterinary Support Assistant

The Veterinary Support Assistant (VSA) is a highly capable member of the veterinary team, trained informally within the practice. A VSA is responsible for many crucial jobs within the clinic, such as ensuring good hygiene and sterility, handling animals, and interfacing with clients. Many VSAs use the opportunity to gain valuable experience and go on to qualify as Vet Technicians.

This course is of benefit to anyone with an interest in animal health, working with animals, or wondering if a career in the veterinary environment is right for them. It includes an overview of how veterinary practice works, health and safety, basic anatomy and physiology, animal handling techniques, first aid, and coping with emergency situations as well as emotional issues such as euthanasia.

Course Programme

Module 1: Veterinary practice and the Veterinary Support Assistant
  • The aims of this course
  • What is a Veterinary Support Assistant?
  • The structure of veterinary practice
  • Roles within the clinic team
  • Confidentiality and professionalism

Module 2: Developing your skill set
  • The Practice Manual
  • Know your breeds
  • Listen and Learn
  • Understanding consent forms
  • Phone skills
  • Reception
  • Dealing with Anxious Clients
  • Using your Initiative
  • Personal appearance and manner

Module 3: Veterinary terminology
  • Commonly used terms
  • Common procedures
  • Abbreviations
  • Equipment within the practice

Module 4: Basic animal handling
  • The principles of handling animals
  • Handling dogs
  • Handling cats
  • Handling small mammals
  • Handling exotics

Module 5: Animal psychology
  • How animals react to stress
  • Reading body language
  • Minimizing stress
  • Recognizing pain in animals

Module 6: Advanced animal handling
  • Tools for handling the fractious animal
  • Restraining the fractious animal
  • Holding an animal for a medical examination
  • Holding an animal for a minor procedure
  • Holding an animal for a blood draw

Module 7: Around the veterinary practice
  • Theater protocol
  • Consultation protocol
  • Pre operative preparations
  • Sterilizing instruments
  • Disinfection and disease control

Module 8: Care of in patients
  • Monitoring animals and updating charts
  • TLC –Providing the optimum environment
  • Special measures (hand feeding and critical care)
  • Taking vital signs

Module 9: Feeding animals
  • Feeding the well animal
  • Food and surgery
  • Life stage nutrition
  • Prescription diets
  • Feeding the sick animal

Module 10: Basic anatomy
  • Anatomical terms
  • How animals differ from people

Module 11: Basic physiology
  • Physiological terms
  • Normal reference ranges

Module 12: Euthanasia
  • Making a difficult decision
  • End of life choices
  • Euthanasia etiquette
  • How euthanasia is performed
  • Burial or cremation

Module 13: Emergencies
  • Dealing with an emergency
  • Your role during an emergency
  • Basic principles of resuscitation

Module 14: First aid
  • Basic first aid
  • Bleeding
  • Shock
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Fractures

Module 15: Health & safety, and regulations
  • Risks within the veterinary environment
  • The importance of hygiene
  • Ionizing radiation regulations
  • Prescribing regulations
  • Disposal of clinical waste


Thanks to this offer, valid exclusively for one person, you will obtain a Veterinary Support Assistant Online Course.

How to register

By buying the course in Emagister Express, you will obtain an access coupon. We will send you the codes and keys to the coupon. Send the coupon code and the key to info@internationalopenacademy.com. The training provider will then give you access to the course.

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